Health News 28 June 2018

9 mins  28.06.2018

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Retirement village ambassadors, compulsory code of conduct among sweeping reforms for NSW sector: 24/06/2018
Retirement villages will have to abide to a mandatory code of conduct — and will be policed by retirement village ambassador — in a range of sweeping reforms set to be introduced to the sector in New South Wales.
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Residents upset by decision to lay off over 100 staff at Christadelphian Aged Care facilities: 25/06/2018
About 120 staff at Christadelphian Aged Care facilities in New South Wales and Queensland are facing unemployment, after the operator decided to outsource laundry and kitchen staff.
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Federal Government must respond to aged care funding issue: 21/06/2018
Chief Executive Officer of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Sean Rooney said the latest (March, 2018) report by industry analyst Stewart Brown released shows the financial situation for residential aged care facilities is continuing to deteriorate putting the sustainability of the sector at serious risk.
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Financial and tax practices of for-profit aged care providers
On 10 May 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into the financial and tax practices of for-profit aged care providers to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 August 2018. Submissions closed on 8th June. 13 submissions have been uploaded in the last week.
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Reporting elder abuse in SA to get easier: 20/06/2018
The suspected abuse of elderly people will be easier to report under new legislation to be introduced in South Australia.
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New community with aged care announced for Champion Lakes: 18/06/2018
The WA Department of Planning revealed Yolk Property Group, in partnership with Southern Cross Care, will work to create a sustainable and liveable community, completely transforming the vacant 14-hectare site at Champion Lakes.
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Govt gives $33m to rare cancer research: 25/06/2018
Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Turnbull government is providing $33 million for research into rare cancers.
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Health app used by millions is sharing users' information with lawyers: 25/06/2018
An Australian medical appointment booking app, which boasts more than 15 million users a year, is passing on patients' information to personal injury lawyers and other third parties.
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My Health Record replatforming talks begin: 20/06/2018
The Australian Digital Health Agency has begun talks to replatform the My Health Record system ahead of the 2020 expiry of its multi-million deal with national infrastructure provider Accenture.
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Thunderstorm asthma inquest begins after 10 deaths: 25/06/2018
An inquest will investigate the deaths of 10 people in Melbourne during a rare thunderstorm asthma event caused by high pollen, strong wind, heat and moisture.
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Three Queensland babies transplanted with potentially cancer-contaminated tissue: 22/06/2018
An urgent review has been ordered into the Queensland Heart Valve Bank after a serious breach, with the Health Department revealing four patients — including three babies — were given tissue from a donor who had brain cancer.
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Report into toxic chemicals finds PFAS worse than thought: 22/06/2018
A controversial US government report into the effects of chemical contaminants found in fire-fighting foam and non-stick cooking materials that have contaminated water supplies has found the family of industrial chemicals is even more toxic than previously thought.
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Counsellor convicted of claiming to be a psychologist and providing false information to AHPRA: 21/06/2018
A New South Wales court has fined a counsellor $9500 after he was convicted of claiming to be a registered psychologist and providing information to an inspector that was false or misleading.
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Woman died of cancer after unnecessary treatment by disgraced doctor: 21/06/2018
A woman died of cancer after unnecessary and negligent surgery she received at the hands of disgraced doctor in New South Wales, Emil Shawky Gayed, health officials have confirmed.
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The Magic Pill: How do the health claims in Pete Evans' paleo diet doco stack up?: 21/06/2018
A documentary by celebrity chef Pete Evans — which depicts a high-fat, low-carb diet as a treatment for autism, asthma and even cancer — is back in the spotlight after Netflix was urged to pull the film from its streaming service.
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Australia's health 2018 report card: 20/06/2018
Australia's health 2018 is the AIHW’s 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators. S
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Toowoomba woman wins court bid to use her dead boyfriend's sperm to have a baby: 20/06/2018
Described as a historic case, the Supreme Court in Brisbane grants a Toowoomba woman the right to use her dead boyfriend's sperm to have a baby, after he took his own life in 2016.
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Share your thoughts with us in the 2018 TGA surveys: 20/06/2018
The TGA is running its annual survey asking for feedback from all stakeholders including health professionals, the medical products industry, academics, consumers of therapeutic goods and more.
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Out-of-pocket fees of specialists and surgeons revealed: 24/06/2018
For the first time, patients can view how often a surgeon or specialist has used their private health insurer's gap cover scheme and gauge the likelihood of facing out-of-pocket costs.
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Fears of public hospital wait times blow out as more struggle to pay for private health cover: 20/06/2018
Health and business leaders are warning of the risk of public hospital waiting times blowing out, as more West Australians struggle to pay their health insurance premiums.
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University plans large private hospital in Melbourne's north: 22/06/2018
La Trobe University has unveiled plans for a private hospital, primary healthcare clinic, aged and childcare centres to be built on its main Bundoora campus in Melbourne’s north.
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Minister announces new hybrid theatre for Cairns Hospital: 21/06/2018
Cairns Hospital will welcome a new $3.68 million hybrid operating theatre that will help reduce waiting times for patients needing vascular procedures.
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Specialist stroke doctors go on holiday at same time, raising concerns for Adelaide patients: 20/06/2018
The SA Government concedes a rostering gap at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital could raise the risk for blood clot patients, despite an ongoing inquest into two deaths already prompting policy changes.
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Liverpool's $740m health precinct will rival the greatest in the world: 21/06/2018
The blockbuster health and innovation precinct planned for Liverpool Hospital will rival the greatest medical research institutions in the world, the masterminds behind the ambitious project say.
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Canberra GPs urged to reconsider sending patients to the emergency department: 19/06/2018
Canberra doctors are being asked to think twice before referring their patients to the Canberra Hospital emergency department as it manages 'very high levels of service demand.'
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$2.3 billion investment continues NSW hospitals building bonanza: 19/06/2018
NSW will benefit from a $2.3 billion investment in world-class hospitals and health services in 2018-19, with a record $8 billion being invested over the next four years for new facilities, upgrades and redevelopments.
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Darwin hospital and surgeon sued for grandmother's 'preventable' death: 20/06/2018
The family of a woman whose death the Northern Territory coroner described as 'preventable' are suing the Darwin Private Hospital — and the surgeon who operated on her — for at least $427,000 in damages.
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'Truly shocking': 450 patient lives shortened by drugs at UK hospital: 21/06/2018
London: Criminal charges could be brought following 'truly shocking' revelations that more than 450 people had their lives shortened after being prescribed powerful painkillers at a UK hospital.
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Welcoming Calvary’s co-located hospital proposal: 15/06/2018
Tasmania Minister for Health welcomes Calvary’s proposal to invest in a new $100 million private hospital, co-located adjacent to the Launceston General Hospital. Calvary Health Care made an unsolicited bid proposal to the Office of the Coordinator-General last year and it has since been progressed to the second phase of the process.
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$160m mental health boost fills system gap: 24/06/2018
A national funding boost will address gaps for Australians with mental illness who aren't covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
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Opioid crackdown: Over-prescribing GPs threatened with loss of licence: 24/06/2018
The federal government wants Australia to avoid becoming like the opioid-ravaged United States but notes there are already an 'unacceptable' number of deaths.
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Ramsay shares dive: 21/06/2018
The company, which earned $8.7 billion in revenue in 2017, on Thursday advised the market its core earnings per share growth target of 8 to 10 per cent for fiscal 2018 would now be lower at about 7 per cent.
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Up in smoke: Tobacco costs Vic economy $3.7 billion each year: 19/06/2018
Smoking is costing the Victorian economy, with about $1.1bn lost in workforce costs alone, according to Quit Victoria.
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Is vaping really harmless? South Australian push for stronger regulations on e-cigarettes: 20/06/2018
The impact of e-cigarettes has come under fire once again with South Australian Labor calling for tighter limitations but one health expert believes we need more time before drastic changes are made.
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Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018 (Commonwealth)
The Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018 was read a third time and passed on 20th June 2018. The Bill enables the implementation of the new Aged Care Quality Standards that will apply to residential, home and flexible aged care services.
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Office for the Ageing (Adult Safeguarding) Amendment Bill 2018 (South Australia)
This Bill was introduced and read a second time on 20th June 2018. The Bill aims to establish Australia's first agency dedicated to investigating alleged elder abuse and neglect. It takes into account recommendations from the ICAC commissioner Bruce Lander’s long-running ­inquiry into maladministration at Oakden.
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Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (Commonwealth)
This Bill aims to enable private health insurers to have increased flexibility to offer hospital cover products with improved value in terms of lower premiums through the application of age-based discounts, and increased maximum voluntary excess levels; allow insurers to offer benefits for travel and accommodation as part hospital treatment cover; improve information provided to consumers; streamline second tier default benefit arrangements for private hospitals; allow insurers to terminate products and transfer affected policy-holders to new products; expand the powers of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman; and make other and related amendments. It was referred to the Bills to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report on 19 June 2018.
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